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Below is but a small though enticing sampling of our silent and live auction items. All proceeds benefit Kuumbwa’s music education and concert program. Á bientôt!
One 1.5 liter Dunn Vineyards
1997 Cabernet Sauvignon, Howell Mountain
This wine boasts significant complexity with an array of ripe blackberry, black stone fruit and dried blackcurrant flavors. The spicy bouquet showed masses of sweet cardamom, vanilla, dried black tea and dried orange zest. Other secondary characteristics included tanned leather, sweet pipe tobacco, black truffles, forest floor and iron. Oak tannins are well integrated and the bright acidity lends noticeable lift to the aromatics. Very long and focused.
One 1.5 liter Kenwood Vineyards
2004 Cabernet Sauvignon, Artist Series
Our 2004 Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon is an extravagant wine of great depth and concentration exhibiting complex aromas of black currants, tea leaves and dark chocolate. The wine is ready for enjoyment now but its full-bodied tannins will allow it to improve for many years.
The 2004 Vintage marks the 30th release of Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon from Kenwood. The harvest produced Cabernet Sauvignon with a distinctly rich and ripe flavor that is followed by spicy and aromatic notes that add complexity. After picking, the grapes were crushed and fermented in stainless steel tanks and then settled and racked twice before going down to barrels in December of 2004. After 30 months of barrel aging the best lots were carefully selected and then blended and bottled. After bottling, the wine was aged for an additional year and a half before it was released.
Generously donated by Erik and Judy Johnson
One Magnum of 2000 Chateau St. Jean Merlot Reserve
The Chateau St. Jean Merlot Reserve — Hypnotic aromas of bittersweet chocolate and black cherries lead to a plush entry filled with notes of blackberry, raspberry and hints of freshly ground coffee. A wine with solid structure, this Reserve Merlot is highly accessible at release time, and is built to age gracefully with cellaring.
One Magnum of 2006 Thomas Fogarty Estate Grown Chardonnay
Santa Cruz Mountain Chardonnay is “California Chardonnay” in name only. There is none of the heavy-handed winemaking and sweetness that is so pervasive throughout the Golden State. Instead we focus on citrus fruit and mineral flavors inherent to our cool, maritime, mountainous site. Bees wax, white flowers and pearflavors are concentrated. There are hints of spice from the oak, but it is more structural rather than flavoring agent.
There is depth of flavor, racy acidity and minerality on the long clean finish. All in all, very atypical for a California Chardonnay in its ability to be both rich and light on its feet. This wine proves that in certain regions California can produce Chardonnay with balance and depth without being over the top. Drink now and over the next five years.
Generously donated by Paul Niday and Thomas Fogarty
One magnum (1.5 Liter) Beauregard Vineyards
2004 Cabernet Sauvignon
A dense, concentrated carmine red in the glass; this cabernet shows a wonderful complexity. Strawberries and notes of dried fig are evident. Currants, Skeena Cherries and a noticeable black plum flavor give this wine a fleshy mid-palate. The well integrated tannins have a hint of fine Beauregard Ranch dust. This Cabernet offers all the complexity, nuance, and fruit without the overwhelming vegetal character that coastal climate cabernets often have. Food Recommendations: Blackberry glaze on a rack of lamb. Magnum means “great” or “extra-large” in Latin. Magnum bottles also allow wine to age more gracefully, developing complexities not possible in the smaller bottle size. This wine will store well for 20+ years, or if you just can’t wait, it’s drinking beautifully now.
Generously donated by Ryan and Rachel Beauregard of Beauregard Vineyards
Menlo Country Club Golf and Lunch for 3
You and two of your friends join Menlo Country Club member, David Doolin for a round of golf and lunch at the beautifully and newly redesigned Menlo Country Club in Woodside. Spring 2014 is the grand reopening for the club.
Generously Donated by David Doolin
Vertical Wine Tasting with a Slant – Individuals can buy a share
A new tradition begins! Three serious wine collectors — Michael Alexander, Ted Kirkiles and Robin Sirakides — will be co-hosts of a very special wine tasting. Wines from Michael, Ted and Robin’s cellars will be paired with food by Suzanne Vandyck, cookbook author, sommelier and chef. During the evening, Suzanne will discuss the wines and help the successful bidders compare and contrast the special wines and take home evaluations…not to mention good memories.
Wines – Kistler Pinot Noir – Cuvee Natalie 2006; Sonoma Coast 2007, Cuvee Natalie 2008; Dunn Howell Mountain 1993- 1995. The slant is the trio of French wines from 2005 (98 rated vintage by WS) Chateau Lascombes (95RP), Chateau Haut Bailly (95WS), Clos du Marquis (93 WS).
Single tickets for this special tasting will be available on the Silent Auction for $250 per person, 12 tickets only are available.
Generously donated by Michael Alexander, Ted Kirkiles and Robin Sirakides
Live Offering 1
Umbria Jazz Festival, Perugia, Italy, July 2014.
Staged in the medieval city of Perugia, this historic festival’s headliner concerts take place in the comfortable new Arena, but music permeates the entire historic downtown area throughout the festival’s ten-day run, including free concerts in the ancient town plaza. When the music isn’t playing (and the concerts and jam sessions can go on until dawn), sample exquisite Italian cuisine and wines and wander the Umbrian town’s cobbled streets past architectural treasures dating as far back as the Etruscans, Romans, and Byzantines. The town’s university has welcomed students from all across Europe since the 1200s. This package includes two four-day VIP passes and three nights in one of the Festival’s official hotels, the Hotel La Rosetta, right in the heart of the action.
Generously donated by Annika Larsson, Umbria Jazz Festival and Kuumbwa Jazz
Life Offering 2
New Mexico Jazz Festival, Santa Fe NM July, 2014.
You’ll be headquartered in historic, adobe-rich Santa Fe for its share of this two-week jazz festival. Set against a dramatic Sangre de Cristo mountain backdrop, this town was the first to be designated a UNESCO “World Creative City, and is host to world-class art museums and galleries, a cuisine famous for its deeply flavored green and red chili dishes, an Indian arts and crafts market and endless creative flair.
The winning bidder will receive two VIP Passes to the two headliner concerts at the Lensic Performing Arts Center on Friday and Saturday nights and three nights at festival’s official hotel – the Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza Hotel. The hotel is a short two-block walk from the historic plaza where free music events take place throughout the weekend, and is within walking distance of the Georgia OKeefe Museum, the Indian market and a number of historic sites.
Generously donated by Tom Guralnick and Bob Martin, New Mexico Jazz Festival
Live Offering 3
New Orleans-style Gumbo Feast for 50 People
Throw a private gumbo party for your friends, family or coworkers at Kuumbwa Jazz! Crescent City native and gumbo queen Deidre Hamilton (a KJ Board of Trustee member) is the chef for you and 50 of your nearest and dearest. Deidre’s savory gumbo (rich with crab, shrimp, andouille sausage and a secret ingredient that makes it irresistible) will be served up with salad, bread and plenty of frosty beer on tap from our finest micro breweries, and topped off with heavenly homemade coconut cake from “Cakes by Joan.” Kuumbwa Jazz provides the setting and the tables and chairs, and the Kuumbwa Board will be your gracious servers.
Generously donated by Deidre Hamilton, Joan Colonna and Kuumbwa Board of Trustees
Live Offering 4
Collection of Three Superlative French Wines
750 ml Lignier Clos de la Roche 1995
Clos de la Roche is a Grand Cru vineyard and corresponding appellation of the Cote de Nuits sub-region in Burgundy. Covering about 42 acres, the site is one of the largest Burgundy Grand Cru vineyards in the area. From International Wine Cellar: Saturated red-ruby color. Sauvage, superripe aromas of briary black cherry, espresso and tar; intriguing whiff of mushroomy earth. Large-scaled and dense; truly three-dimensional in texture. A wine of great sweetness, but also sharply focused and juicy on the palate. Ripe tannins coat the entire mouth, but are outlasted by explosive finishing fruit.
750 ml Leoville-Las-Cases 1983
Château Léoville-Las Cases is a winery in the Saint-Julien appellation of the Bordeaux region. It encases a terroir of great complexity, as the plots contain many different types of soil composition. It is planted principally with Cabernet-Sauvignon, which at 66% is the predominant variety on the estate, the remainder being Merlot (24%), Cabernet Franc (9%) and Petit Verdot (1%). Parker: “The fully mature 1983 Leoville-Las Cases possessed a deep ruby color with no signs of lightening. An open-knit, smoky, cassis, and cedary-scented nose was followed by a supple, rich, medium to full-bodied wine with excellent definition, outstanding ripeness and concentration, and a spicy, soft, velvety-textured finish.
750 ml Domaine Guy Bernard Côte-Rôtie 2001
Guy was the third generation Bernard to run this estate and his sons took over from him in 2000. They are considered to be among the rising stars of Côte-Rôtie. Their vineyards, in the northern Rhone Valley, are mainly on the southern Cote Blonde sector of the appellation and consequently their wines are generous and appealing on the surface with a serious structure underneath. Well worth the price of admission. Dark ruby, promising nose of dark cherry, earthy, savory spice. The palate is much more austere and understated, but still beautiful and elegant. Crisply acidic and youthfully tannic.the wine has a fragile balance of subtle aromas; an earthy, almost animal-like complexity; and elegant, delicate texture.
Collection generously donated by Stephen Cassidy and Rebecca Powlan